Disrespect, class bias cited in Mario Deane's death

PRYCE... what happened to Mario Deane could easily have happened with me

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — For Raymond Pryce, the shocking death of 31-year-old Mario Deane after he was beaten in a St James lock-up reflected the disregard by some police personnel for ordinary people as well as the need to decriminalise ganja. Another youthful parliamentarian, Pryce's collea ... Read More

Roger Clarke
dancing at a
conference of
his beloved
Party. St Elizabeth colleagues say Clarke was a 'political father', teacher
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Leaders in local politics, business and civic affairs reeled in sho ... Read More

Symbolically breaking ground for the construction of new kiosks in the Mandeville town centre on
Thursday were from left) Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott,
Mandeville Mayor Brenda Ramsay, First Secretary and representative Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade
and Development High Commission Canadian Kelly Thompson, and North West Manchester Member of
Parliament Mikael Phillips . One more step!
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Ground was officially broken in the Mandeville town centre on Thursda ... Read More

Top GSAT student for the parish of Manchester Beloushii Levy with her mother
Rose-marie Williams at the Mandeville Hotel following the awards ceremony,
where she received a bursary from the Manchester Co-operative Credit Union. Manchester Co-op awards $750,000 in bursaries
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester Co-operative Credit Union has this year assisted 21 st ... Read More

The story of Manchester Part V: CARPENTERS MOUNTAIN

BY DONALD I BLAIR | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Cross Keys in south Manchester

THE sum of the parts is never more than the whole, however, the integrity and character of the whole is dependent upon the nature of the parts. As such, the three hilly communities of Carpenters Mountain, Mile Gully, and May Day that coalesced to form the parish of Manchester in 1814 guaranteed their progeny's continued development for the future. Though not as numerous as their northern neighbours, the citizens of Carpenters Mountain persevered in the role that destiny gave them and now in 2014 ... Read More

NCU Graduation 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014    

Some of the 970 graduands during one of two commencement ceremonies on August 10. (PHOTO: NIGEL COKE)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Nine hundred and seventy students graduated from Northern Caribbean University on August 10. They represented a wide range of disciplines, with 798 receiving Bachelor's degrees, 86 Master's, 77 Associate and nine PhDs. University president Dr Trevor Gardner told the audience that the institution is in good order and is getting better. "In keeping with this year's theme of Reflecting on the Past, Conquering the Present and Embracing the Future, it is fitting to n ... Read More

'An extraordinary summer'

Monday, August 25, 2014    

The happy couple, Ivor
and Sherredon Palmer,
show their support for
Barbados Tridents and
Guyana Amazon Warriors.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Son of the Manchester soil Ivor Palmer was the lucky winner in the Digicel Summer Up Up Up promotion and he got to enjoy an all-expense paid trip for two to St Kitts to watch the final game in the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League. Now back from his trip, the route sales operator, who took his wife Sherredon with him, said his summer has been truly extraordinary. "Digicel, you didn't just give a trip, I got an unforgettable experience. We were VIPs from chec ... Read More

The people's choice

Monday, August 25, 2014    

National assistant Reggae Boyz coach
Miguel Coley (left) was awarded for
excellence in sports.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester People's Choice Award — aimed at recognising high achievers in various spheres -- was staged for the third time, earlier this month. Promoted as more than an awards show, the event at Belair High School featured a mini business expo to highlight young entrepreneurs. Eleven nominated candidates were selected by a panel to receive awards of excellence and 13 others emerged winners in their respective professions via public voting over a two-mon ... Read More

Work on Essex Valley water scheme resumes

Piped water will be flowing in another 12 months says Parchment | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Pipe-laying work crews at
work in Nain, South East
St Elizabeth last week.

SANTA CRUZ , St Elizabeth — Traffic slowed to a crawl, but residents weren't complaining as pipe-laying work on the Essex Valley Water Supply System resumed in Nain last week. The scheme, which is meant to supply domestic piped water to more than a dozen communities in South East St Elizabeth including fast-growing Junction, has been stalled for several years. It was first launched in 2001. The first phase of the current work programme worth $105 million involves a pipe network between N ... Read More

Juggling two jobs and university studies

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicobserver.com | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Student and young businessman Rasheen Smith. Smith believes that he can successfully grow his business by consistently offering quality service and extending his skills beyond Manchester.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — While many tertiary students may be aiming to don the cap and gown before starting the search for employment, one Northern Caribbean University (NCU) undergraduate student is already nourishing a business. With personal funds, 20-year-old Rasheen Smith has been operating a home-based enterprise for the past eight months, using graphic design and sales skills that he says he possesses naturally. From his laptop, and with the assistance of two part-time employees, ... Read More

PHOTO: High achiever

Monday, August 25, 2014    

Leading Santa Cruz businessman, Evon Redman (right) head of Levon Electrical and Hardware Ltd receives a High Achiever's Award from executives of Old Harbour-based Caribbean Cable, recently. Making the presentation are Michael Thomas (left), sales manager of Caribbean Cable and Ariel Romans, managing director of Caribbean Cable. Levon is a leading supplier of electrical and hardware supplies in St Elizabeth. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF LEVON) High achiever --> Read More

Hamilton back at the helm of Christiana Rotary

Monday, August 25, 2014    

Rotarian Ronald Hamilton (left) being installed as president of the Rotary Club of Christiana by Assistant District Governor Dale Greaves-Smith at the Sacred Heart

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Having previously served four terms as president of the Rotary Club of Christiana, retired educator Ronald Hamilton was recently selected to head the service club for the 2014-2015 administrative year. He has taken over from immediate past president Paul Patmore. "As any youngster will tell you, teachers have the annoying habit of insisting that their students repeat an exercise over and over until they get it right," Hamilton told Rotarians in his acceptance spe ... Read More


Monday, August 25, 2014    

Coach Donovan Duckie (centre in yellow) supervises a training session for the Manchester High School team ahead of next month's start of the schoolboy football season. Manchester High, beaten finalists in last season's Ben Francis KO, are in search of their first major football title. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Aspirants --> Read More

For the smile of a child

Monday, August 25, 2014    

Through A Child's Smile, a dental outreach clinic based in Sweden, over 500 children in Manchester recently received free dental care. Partnering with Projects Abroad Jamaica, the group of dental nurses, dental hygienists and dental surgeons have offered their services in the communities of Belretiro, New Green, Knockpatrick and Mile Gully. Photos show members of the team with patients at Anna Miller Basic School in Knockpatrick. (PHOTOS: COURTESY of PROJECTS ABROAD JAMAICA) For the smile of a ... Read More



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